US Senators Rob Portman, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Gary Peters Chairman. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee applauded the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for passing a bipartisan legislation to strengthen efforts to onshore production of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States by requiring federal agencies to issue long-term contracts for American-made PPE.
Reshoring production will ensure American workers, health care professionals, and more have the PPE they need as the economy continues to reopen. Domestic production of PPE supplies also will create American manufacturing jobs and ensure that America is better prepared for the next pandemic.
Senator Portman, said, multi-year contracts give producers the certainty to know that their investment in the United States will be worth it because the government will be there to buy the PPE they produce. By re-shoring production of PPE, we can continue to support a safe and effective reopening of our schools, workplaces, and the economy.